THE COURIER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dominic Cooke Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Meran Nidinze, Jessie Buckley, Rachel Brosnahan, Angus Wright, Keir Hills. In the early 1960s Russian premier Nikita Kruschchev was rattling his nuclear sabre and making threats directed towards America. Oleg Penkovsky (played by Russian actor Meran Nidinze) was a former war hero and a high-ranking military intelligence officer who was worried by Kruschchev's intemperate behaviour. He approached a couple of American tourists in Moscow and urged them to pass on some information to the Continue reading

VOYAGERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Neil Burger Stars: Tye Sheridan, Fionn Whitehead, Lily-Rose Depp, Colin Farrell, Chante Adams, Quintessa Swindell, Isaac Hemstead Wright, Archie Madekwe. This dystopian Gen Z sci-fi drama is essentially something of a cross between Passengers and Lord Of The Flies. Climate change, overpopulation and pollution are slowly killing the Earth. Scientists have been looking for an alternative home in space, another planet that can sustain human life and help preserve the species and our way of life. Sixty years in the future they Continue reading

ANTOINETTE IN THE CEVENNES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Caroline Vignal Stars: Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe Louise Vidal, Olivia Cote. Slight and quirky but thoroughly charming comedy, this film has been loosely inspired by author Robert Louis Stevenson and his account of his 1879 travels through the picturesque Cevennes region of France, accompanied by a donkey. The titular Antoinette (played with charm by Laure Calamy, who we recently saw in the dark crime thriller Only The Animals) is a fifth-grade schoolteacher who is having an affair with Vladimir (Benjamin Lavernhe), the Continue reading

ROSEMARY’S WAY – interview with Ros Horin

by GREG KING Rosemary Kariuki was the 2021 Australian of the Year – Local Hero, for her work with vulnerable migrant women in suburban Sydney. Ros met her when she was working on her previous documentary The Baulkham Hill African Ladies Troupe, and decided that she wanted to film her and the women she helped. By following Rosemary over the course of a year on her various adventures with these women, the film takes us on a deep dive into their lives. We are witness to intimate revelations. Greg speaks to Ros about the making of the documentary, which screened at the Continue reading

THIS IS PORT ADELAIDE – interview with Nicole Miller

by GREG KING In 2020 Port Adelaide Football Club, one of the oldest and most successful league clubs in history, celebrated its 150th anniversary. This documentary was intended to mark the celebrations and look at the relationship between the club and the broader community. But then COVID came along and looked as if it would derail the project. Greg speaks to Nicole about the origins of the film, working with producer and mentor Justin Kurzel, and the decision to shoot the film in black and white. https://www.mediafire.com/file/zrb8n8p7oy7hknw/260323_001.MP3/file Continue reading